Tech Look Ahead: Tesla Motor's 'Model S'

Melissa Block looks ahead to the week's tech news with Steve Henn. They cover Friday's launch of Tesla Motors' latest all-electric car — the Model S.

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel in Washington.


I'm Melissa Block, hosting this week from Culver City, California. And it's time now for All Tech Considered.


BLOCK: First up, the week ahead in tech news. And one story we're watching comes from Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors. On Friday, it'll launch a new, all-electric sedan. It's called the Model S, though NPR tech correspondent Steve Henn calls it something else.

STEVE HENN, BYLINE: Totally kick-butt Roadster sports car.

BLOCK: And behind that high praise is some simple math.

HENN: I got a chance to drive one, and it goes zero to 60 in like 4.1 seconds.

BLOCK: And Steve says the company has already pre-sold about 10,000 of these sedans.

HENN: So Tesla's actually on the verge of becoming a real car company that makes more than, you know, model toy cars for the very rich.

BLOCK: Now they make model toy cars for the moderately rich too. The Model S will still set you back about $50,000, though that's a lot less than the six-figure Tesla Roadster. And that's our quick look ahead to this week's tech news with NPR's Steve Henn.

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